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How to Save a Life

by Sara Zarr (author)

Suitable for 11 - 18 years

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Jill MacSweeney just wishes everything could go back to normal. Since her dad died, she’s cut herself off from her boyfriend, her best friends – everyone who wants to help. So when her mum decides to adopt a baby, it feels as if she’s trying to replace a lost family member with a new one. And it’s not just a baby: she’s also taking in its teenage mother until the baby is born. Mandy Kalinowski understands what it’s like to grow up unwanted – to be raised by a mother who never meant to have a child. So when Mandy gets pregnant, she wants to provide a better life for her baby. She’s found someone to care for it – but who will care for her? As spoiled Jill and hard-nosed Mandy join in one household, both have big changes to make and tough lessons to learn. Will Jill and Mandy – and Mandy’s baby – ever learn to get on?

“Zarr’s novel is a rich tapestry of love and survival that will resonate with even the most cynical readers.” Booklist, starred review

“A moving, funny and emotionally honest story.” Publishers Weekly starred review

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